Winner of the Top 100 IX Blogs of 2015

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Dear Readers, Good morning! Yesterday I received an email from bab.la about the Top 100 IX blogs contest. I thought, “Ehh.” The Seoul of Cyprus is such an old blog, an archive of of our past, who’s going to vote for an old blog? (It’s not like I promoted the contest or continuously bothered you to vote […]

Social Media Detox for Lent

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It’s a rare moment when Piano Man tells me what he learned at school. 99% of the time, he says, “nothing,” or “I dunno.” But yesterday, he said, “Ummah, my classmate (J) told me about Fat Tuesday.” “Oh really?” I replied. “Do tell.” He said, “People eat all the junk food they want on Fat Tuesday, like […]

Watching Shen Yun

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Shen Yun Performing Arts came to Grand Rapids over Valentine’s Day weekend. Although plenty of couples went to see Shen Yun, I didn’t go with Prof. Instead, I went with Piano Man for a mommy and son date. Piano Man wanted to see their performance based on this brochure: I wasn’t overly excited about the performance […]

How Asians Celebrate Love Holidays

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you feeling love in the air? Have you received your special chocolate box from a loved one? How about a pretty shiny mylar balloon? A dozen of your favorite flowers? Well, this is the weekend flower shops and confectionary companies are raking in the dough. When I was a little kid, my father […]

Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Ethnic Heritage Festival

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When I decided to participate in PRI/SheKnows’ #womenslives initiative, who knew that attending an ethnic heritage festival would open up opportunities to see diversity in my hometown? Thanks to Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) that hosted the Ethnic Heritage Festival last weekend, I met and spoke with several local cultural groups. Vietnamese Community Prominently located at […]

I’m on Bloglovin’

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As I am trying to build a network on various social media platforms, I realize that I had two Bloglovin’ accounts. So in the spirit of organizing my Bloglovin’ network into one account, I have to post a link: Follow my blog with Bloglovin So for those  of you who have been kind to follow […]

PRI’s Across Women’s Lives Campaign & #WomenslivesGR

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Last week I joined a cool new initiative with Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows Media/BlogHer. PRI, a non-profit international media company that engages in reporting of news worthy journalism, began a campaign called Across Women’s Lives (#womenslives) to further promote news stories related to women on a global scale. PRI in conjunction with SheKnows Media, the parent […]

Top 100 IX Blog Voting Contest for The Seoul of Cyprus

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A few weeks ago I shared on Facebook that someone nominated my first blog, The Seoul of Cyprus, for Bab.la and Lexiophiles’s Top 100 International eXchange and eXperience (IX) International Blogs’ Competition. It’s always a nice surprise when an old blog still helps someone adjusting to life as an expat in another country. If you feel […]

Handing Over Creativity

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I’ve been pretty slow in the creative department these days…okay, for awhile now. I’ve been spending more time focusing on building a social network, which can feel quite labor intensive. But I’ve also given some thought on how I haven’t given my kids a chance to really let their creative juices flow. Last year Piano Man handed […]